Kenyan election rerun proceeds despite unrest

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A rerun of Kenya’s presidential election is proceeding today despite violence between police and protesters and calls for a boycott from the main opposition party.

Police fired tear gas and water cannons at opposition supporters, who set up burning barricades to block access to polling stations, according to Reuters.

Opposition leader Raila Odinga, who withdrew from standing in the second vote because he claimed it would not be free and fair, today tweeted that his party is “transforming … into a resistance movement.”

The second vote was ordered after Kenya’s Supreme Court last month nullified the result of presidential elections. The initial vote, on August 8, was announced in favor of incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta. However, the court found that the electoral commission had erred in announcing the result before the count had been verified.

The recent unrest has stoked fears of a repeat of the violence that followed Kenya’s 2007 election and claimed an estimated 1,300 lives.


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